Tides Of Commerce: Resort donates computers to student newspaper

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui donated four Sony and Compaq computers recently to the student newspaper at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Ho’oulu, an online publication that will transition to print in August, will use the computers in its newsroom to help cover campus news.

“We are so grateful to the (resort) for this generous donation,” faculty adviser Sarah Ruppenthal said in a news release. “The computers will be used in various capacities and are a much-needed addition to our program.”

The donation is part of the resort’s Electronic Waste Diversion program, which seeks to keep electronics out of local landfills and to redistribute equipment to community organizations.

“We’re overjoyed to refurbish and donate computers that are no longer needed at the hotel,” General Manager Charles Head said in the news release. “We wish the students the best of luck with their newspaper this fall.”

For more information on the resort’s sustainability projects, visit fairmont.com/kealani and click on “Environmental Initiatives.”


Dream on. Travel on. Travel Network, a nearly 20-year-old travel agency, has changed its name to Captivating Journeys.

Its new motto is: “Stop Dreaming. Start Traveling.”

Owner Kathy Takushi, a former flight attendant for the old Mid-Pacific Airlines, says that it often doesn’t cost any more to book a cruise or vacation package through her company as compared to the Internet.

“With our contacts and expertise, we can often get our clients upgrades and amenities not otherwise available to them and, at times, add significant value to an itinerary,” she said in a news release. “And we’re there for our clients when they need us from the planning stage throughout their travels until they’re safely back home.”

Captivating Journey’s services is available to all travelers including those outside of Hawaii.

For more information, see www.captivatingjourneys.com. The company also is on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites and can be reached at 244-1414 or via email at info@captivatingjourneys.com.


Open Sole. Island Sole, a Hawaii footwear company, opened its first retail store on Maui and fifth in the state last month.

Previously a Sanuk store managed by Island Sole’s parent company, The Art Source, the 700-square-foot store is located at 736A Front St. in Lahaina and offers brands such as Sanuk, Island Slipper, Reef and TOMS.

The store is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, go to the website islandsole.com.

* Tides of Commerce is a business feature that will run from time to time with information on new businesses and awards and recognitions of Maui County businesses.